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Golden Compass (The)

The Golden Compass is a movie 1) by Chris Weitz released in 2007 AD. Staring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Dakota Blue Richards. The movie won an Oscar for best visual effects.

François Schuiten worked on The Golden Compass as conceptual artist for the architecture. He worked together with a German and American producer in London, but both got fired. Not much of Schuitens work ended in the final version of the movie 2).


It was no ordinary life for a young girl: living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford's motley streets on mad quests for adventure. But Lyra's greatest adventure would begin closer to home, the day she heard hushed talk of an extraordinary particle. Microscopic in size, the magical dust- found only in the vast Artic expanse of the North -was rumored to possess profound properties that could unite whole universes. But there were those who feared the particle and would stop at nothing to destroy it. Catapulted into the heart of a terrible struggle, Lyra was forced to seek aid from clans, gyptians, and formidable armored bears. And as she journeyed into unbelievable danger, she had not the faintest clue that she alone was destined to win, or to lose, this more-than-mortal battle…